Veteran dog's win delights his trainer
DELIGHTED Patrick Lavis is hoping there is more life in one of his battle-hardened campaigners after seeing it notch a surprise win at the latest Lismore meet.
The Tregeagle trainer saw $17.20 outsider Yorklea Master take the 420m Ecllippse Data and Electrical Stakes on Tuesday night.
Lavis had a night to remember, securing another winner and two other placings as well.
It was the win for his four-year-old veteran, which has now racked up 88 career runs, that gave him the most pleasure.
"If you had seen me at the finish, you would have thought I had won the Melbourne Cup," he said.
"He is an old dog and I thought his winning days were coming to an end.
"I have been involved with dogs since 1972 but to see him get a win is still the ultimate thrill."
Coming from box five, the racer put in a commanding display to claim a four-and-three-quarter length win from runner-up Pure Imagery and the $1150 top prize for Lavis.
It was a second win in two weeks at the track for the dog after a barren four-month streak.
A few weeks ago it was looking a bit grim. We changed his strategy and did a few things to keep him happy.
"There are not many months left in him (but) I think he may have some wins in him yet.
"I was exceptionally happy to see him win (and) it's a great feeling."
Lavis was also delighted with his charge Watts On, which took the $1385 520m Clone Surfing Technology Maiden.
"I have had a lot of trouble with him," Lavis said. "I have persevered with him.
"My wife probably says I'm an inpatient man, but when it comes to my dogs I'm patient.
"I love racing and I love my dogs and there is no better feeling than watching them win."
Junction Hill trainer James Madigan also claimed a double success, with wins for Sassy Dior and Peppy Katona.